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Made by a Fabricista: Let’s Get Moving! Tracksuits for my Girls

With resolutions to spend more time in the gym this year, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to sew up some new tracksuits for my girls! Fabric Mart had a gorgeous collection of Donni branded organic cotton sweatshirt fleece available, so I decided to get the lapis lazuli blue, and lilac colorways. 

While a bit more time consuming to make than a standard sweatshirt and pants, I decided to use the Jalie Danaëlle hoodie and Zoom joggers patterns for this project. These two patterns have lots of pieces, making them perfect for color blocking - though they also work equally well in a single color. Danaëlle comes in two different lengths, and while I had planned on making the short length for both my girls, I accidentally cut the longer length bodice with regular hem band instead. 

As I was installing the zipper, I thought my girls might complain about the rigid edge of the zipper tape, so I bound the edges with bias tape. I then continued using the tape to hide the seam along the back neckline. 

Although both patterns had lots of parts to them, construction wasn’t too difficult. The pants pockets and back yoke required the most attention for me, since the installation technique was unexpected. I always marvel at some of the ways Jalie construct their patterns! Both Danaëlle and Zoom come with video tutorials, perfect for visual people. Since the fleece just has mechanical stretch, sewing it was pretty easy too. 

My girls are loving their new cozy warm outfits and have already put in their requests for more! 

NATASHA  @auschicksews

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